Overview

Title: Walter Van Tilburg Clark Papers
Creator(s): Clark, Walter Van Tilburg, 1909-1971
Collection Number: NC527
Dates (inclusive): 1927-1971
Physical Extent: 13.0 cubic feet (13 boxes)
Preferred Citation: Walter Van Tilburg Clark papers, NC572. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno.
Repository: University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department
Permanent Link: http://dewey.library.unr.edu/xtf/view?docId=ead/NC527-ead.xml

Biographical Note

Walter Van Tilburg Clark (1909-1971) was a western author, the editor of the Alfred Doten journals, a 3-volume work published by the University of Nevada Press in 1973, a lecturer at the University of Nevada, Reno, and a writer-in-residence at the University of Nevada, Reno, between 1962 and 1971.

Clark may be best known for his first published novel, The Ox-Bow Incident, published by Random House in 1940, due to the fact that it was made into a feature film in 1943, starring Henry Fonda. However, many of his short stories, such as “Hook,” “The Buck in the Hills” and “The Wind and the Snow of Winter,” earned him respect nationally. In 1949, Random House again published another of his works, Track of the Cat, which was well received. Additional works, such as his novel, The City of Trembling Leaves, and a short story collection, The Watchful Gods and Other Stories, are also well known publications.

While Clark lived in Vermont, Maine, New York, New Mexico, California and Montana at various times during his life, he moved his family to Virginia City, Nevada in 1942, where he taught at the local high school for the 1950/1951 school year. In 1952, he accepted a half-time position at the University of Nevada, Reno, but resigned in protest in 1953 over a faculty and administration dispute. In 1954 he moved away but contracted to work on a Nevada-related topic, the Alfred Doten diaries editing project and biography. He published the 3-volume work The Journals of Alfred Doten, 1849-1903, in 1973 (University of Nevada Press). He moved to the San Francisco Bay area and taught creative writing at San Francisco State. By 1968, he and his wife had moved back to Virginia City, Nevada, and he remained there until his death on November 10, 1971.

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Scope and Content

The collection has been divided into a 6 series and many subseries that cover Clark’s teaching and writing as well as personal correspondence. The papers contain notes for class and public lectures; manuscripts of, and notes about Clark's term papers, short stories, articles, and novels, both published and unpublished; scrapbooks containing material related to published works, such as dust jackets, letters received, reviews, and articles about Clark. There are business and literary related correspondence including letters to former students such as author David Madden; personal correspondence, primarily to Clark's wife Barbara Frances Morse Clark, his son Robert M. Clark, and Robert Cole Caples, a close friend and artist. It also includes marginalia, and loose-leaf notes in books used in preparation for class lectures; published works by former students; and memorabilia such as diplomas and certificates.

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Estate of Walter Van Tilburn Clark in 1971.

Separated Materials

Photos were transferred to the photo archives as UNRS-P2269.

Photos transferred to photo archives as UNRS-P2269.

Related Materials

Note: Many of Clark’s published materials, including a song sheet for “City of Trembling Leaves” may be found in the Department’s book collection.

Note: An adaptation of The Track of the Cat for the stage can be found in the Reno Little Theater collection: NC277/3/CT3 (Box 6)

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Arrangement

Series 1: Manuscripts, Typescripts, Notes

  • Subseries 1.1 Notes for class and public lectures
  • Subseries 1.2 Miscellaneous non-fiction
  • Subseries 1.3 “On Learning to Look: A Note on the Working Life of Robert Cole Caples”
  • Subseries 1.4 Projected novel, Admission Day
  • Subseries 1.5 Projected novel, The Man in the Hole
  • Subseries 1.6 Projected novel, Way Station
  • Subseries 1.7 Unfinished short stories
  • Subseries 1.8 Published short stories, typescripts
  • Subseries 1.9 Unpublished short stories, typescripts
  • Subseries 1.10 Writing notes
  • Subseries 1.11 Alf Doten Materials
  • Subseries 1.12 “The Watchful Gods” and “Willis and the Holy Water”
  • Subseries 1.13 Water
  • Subseries 1.14 unfinished novel
  • Subseries 1.15 “Reno-The State City”
  • Subseries 1.16 Notes on own published works, manuscript
  • Subseries 1.17 “The Professor and the Writer”
  • Subseries 1.18 The Queen is a Powerful Piece
  • Subseries 1.19 Ambrose, the Chess-Playing Poodle
  • Subseries 1.20 The Angel and the Judge
  • Subseries 1.21 Poetry
  • Subseries 1.22 Marginalia in student texts

Series 2: Personal-Teaching, Literary Business, Clippings, Photographs

  • Subseries 2.1 Autobiographical and bibliographical statement
  • Subseries 2.2 Teaching, University of Nevada, Reno, 1965-1969
  • Subseries 2.3 Other class records
  • Subseries 2.4 Fiction contest judging
  • Subseries 2.5 Photos (Photos transferred to photo archives as UNRS-P2269)
  • Subseries 2.6 The Ox-Box Incident, Scrapbook
  • Subseries 2.7 The City of Trembling Leaves, Scrapbook
  • Subseries 2.8 The Track of the Cat, Scrapbook
  • Subseries 2.9 The Watchful Gods and Other Stories
  • Subseries 2.10 Account books
  • Subseries 2.11 Miscellaneous business correspondence and literary business
  • Subseries 2.12 Newspaper clippings and honorary items, 1949-1971

Series 3: Personal Correspondence

  • Subseries 3.1 Christmas cards
  • Subseries 3.2 Letters from Dee Herrmann and Jim Green
  • Subseries 3.3 Lease for home in Reno
  • Subseries 3.4 Letters to and from Reno Pump Supply
  • Subseries 3.5 Letters to wife, Barbara Frances Morse Clark
  • Subseries 3.6 Letters to son, Robert Morse Clark, and daughter, Barbara Ann Clark
  • Subseries 3.7 Letters to Saxe Commins
  • Subseries 3.8 Letter to agent
  • Subseries 3.9 Letters from Jack Gottlieb
  • Subseries 3.10 Letters to Robert Cole Caples
  • Subseries 3.11 Letters from Charlton G. Laird collection
  • Subseries 3.12 Letters to David Madden
  • Subseries 3.13 Letter from Clark to friend, Muriel, and Great Basin Magazine

Series 6: Memorabilia

  • Subseries 6.1 Diplomas, certificates and awards
  • Subseries 6.2 Academic gown

Series 4: Marginalia and Notes

Series 5: Works of Former Students

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog of the University Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno. Researchers wishing to find related materials are encouraged to use the following index terms:

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Administrative Information

Collection processed by Robert M. Clark and Kenneth J. Carpenter, 1972. Finding aid prepared by Robert M. Clark and Kenneth J. Carpenter, 1972. Finding aid revised by Jacquelyn Sundstrand and Jessica Maddox, 1979; August 2010. This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 26, 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Records

Series 1: Manuscripts, Typescripts, Notes, 1922-1971

Series 1 contains the bulk of Walter Van Tilburg Clarks manuscripts and notes for his publications as well as his teaching. It has been divided into 22 subseries.

Subseries 1.1: Notes for class and public lectures (26 folders)

The notes in the Series 1, Subseries 1 are usually in outline form, handwritten on small memo-pads or on index cards.

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On Writing, Style, Reed College, circa 1953
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2
Class Lectures, Draft and typed copy final exam, English 270 Course, Stanford University,, Spring, 1954
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3
On "Character and Time in Western Fiction," with use of Jouquin Murietta legend as illustration, Undated
1/S1.1
4
On "The Writer in the West," writer's conference, University of Wyoming, Summer, 1950
1/S1.1
5
On "All Together Separately, Please," on teaching of English, probably University of Washington, 1953
1/S1.1
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On creative writing for high school students, Havre Conference for Montana High School teachers, Approximately 1953-1956
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7
On "Writing as Self Discovery," University of Utah,, Summer, 1949 or 1950
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On "Tragedy, Old and New," University of Utah, Summer, 1949 or 1950
1/S1.1
9
On "Creative Writing as Instrument of English Teaching," Montana State Teacher's Association, October, 1954
1/S1.1
10
Introductory lecture for course on contemporary American literature, Undated
1/S1.1
11
"The Place and the Tale," first version of talk using Julia Bullette story as illustration of turning historical fact or legend into fiction, used at University of Missouri, University of Arkansas, Summer, 1952
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12
"The Place, the Purpose and the Story," second version of Julia Bullette, used several times, Undated
1/S1.1
13
"Notes Toward Conference Talk," on fictional techniques, perhaps writer's conference, University of Montana, Summer, 1955
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"The Story as Discovery,", Winter, 1955 or later
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On "Toward the Outside: Vision and Method in the Modern American Short Story," used at Stanford, University of Nevada, April, 1962
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"The First Two R's," on usefulness of creative writing in teaching, Undated
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"Writing in the West," extended notes of 8 1/2 x 11, with illustrative use of vail story drawn from WPA Guidebook to Nevada, p. 261, Undated
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18
For Faulkner panel, Montana, Summer 1954 or 1955
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19
"Wee Willie Goes to Comp Class," includes 11 pp partial text, story-lecture for Four C's Conference, Los Angeles, March, 1963
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20
"Sleeping on the Grave," apparently later version of (17), used in Oakland, 1957; A clipping from the San Francisco Chronicle in another category covers this lecture, Undated
1/S1.1
21
For short story panel, Montana, 1954
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22
For novel workshop, University of Utah, 1949 or 1950
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23
"Queens of the Comstock," two sets of notes, final version of (11) and (12), used at Montana, Summer 1964, and probably at Wesleyan University, 1961
1/S1.1
24
"The Cowboy," University of Nevada, Reno (includes 2 pages of legal-size transcription from Alfred Doten journals on branding techniques in Nevada's Reese River Valley), Summer 1970
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25
Miscellaneous class notes-3 pp. list "Classics in Development of Novel" and "Rewarding Short Novels," for San Francisco State craft of fiction course, approximately 1957-61; 2 pages fiction course notes, Including Introductory Maxims in Creative Writing, Approximately 1957-1961; 1 page on Canto XXVII, Dante's Inferno; 3 pages "Add Notes" for Class presentation on The turn of the screw; 1 page Yeats' "Among School Children"; 3 pages of notes on Moby Dick; 1 page Porter's "Flowering Judas"; notes on stories in understanding fiction.
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26
Four college term papers by W.V.T.C., with comments by instructors "John Milton, Philosopher," 19 pages, holograph; "Mark Twain in Nevada," 3 pages typescript; "The People," 11 pages, holograph; "Growth of the Spirit," 14 pages, typescript, 1929-1930

Subseries 1.2: Miscellaneous non-fiction (11 folders)

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"The End of the Illusion," 3 pages typescript, ink revisions, giving W.V.T.C.'s reaction to contemporary west, apparently in response to some survey of writers' opinions, Approximately 1956-1962
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Outline, two 9 page ink drafts for preface to paperback edition of The Travels of Jamie McPheeters, with letter from New American Library Requesting Preface (Tentative title, "On Making History into Fiction"; preface not completed), July 10, 1968
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3
3 pages ink draft of letter to University of New Mexico press commenting on and urging publication of N. Scott Momaday's The Way to Rainy Mountain, Undated
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4
"Desert Dilemma" 4 pages carbon typescript of review of The Shoshoneans, text by Edward Dorn, photographs by Leroy Lucas, probably published, Approximately 1967
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5
"Sancho and the Don Ride Again, in Even More Dubious Doings" review of R. L. Taylor's Two Roads to Guadalupe; 7 pages pencil draft, 4 ½ pages carbon typescript, Possibly published approximately 1964
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6
"Tonopah? Where's Tonopah?" 22 pages ink manuscript with revisions; carbon typescript for "Introduction" to Lady in Boomtown, by Mrs. Hugh Brown, American West Publishing Co., 1968
1/S1.2
7
"A Forward" to Platt & Munk edition of Bret Harte Stories; preliminary notes; 5 ink drafts; original typescript of version not used; carbon typescript final version, 1964
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8
"Introduction" to Time Books edition of Guthrie's The Big Sky; 17 pages ink manuscript with one rejected start, revisions; carbon typescript final version, 1964
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9
"In a Rich Vein" 5 pages, 2 drafts (ink and carbon tTypescript), 2 pages of remarks on The Mining Frontier, edited by Marvin Lewis and published by University of Oklahoma Press (appears to be response to publisher's request for comments on advance copy), Approximately 1962-1968
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10
"The Authority of the Governess" 4 pages extended notes and para­graphs for critical article on James' The Turn of the Screw, never completed, Undated
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11
2 pages Pencil Notes, Preliminary to Suggestions for Revisions to Robert Laxalt on his In a Hundred Graves, University of Nevada Press, (published 1972), approximately 1970

Subseries 1.3: “On Learning to Look: A Note on the Working Life of Robert Cole Caples”, Approximately 1964 (1 folder)

Materials for the introduction to the catalog for a 1964 retrospective exhibition of the paintings of Caples, Walter Van Tilburg Clark's life-long friend and prototype for Lawrence Black in The City of Trembling Leaves. Includes letter and answered questionnaire with biographical information from Robert Cole Caples; sketches and scraps of original memos from Robert Cole Caples; pencil draft of introduction; carbon typescript; list of pictures in exhibition with notes by Walter Van Tilburg Clark.

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Caples. (Manuscripts and notes), Undated

Subseries 1.4: Projected novel, Admission Day, Approximately 1950-1954 (1 folder)

Contents of the 8 ½ x 11 Livewire notebook with loose-leaf pages includes cast, plot prospectus, other preliminary notes; 21/2 pages of start, 3 other brief, ink starts; another loose-leaf cast of characters, 3 pages notes; two penciled starts on new sheet, both 5 pages.; large number of starts, pencil, on unlined yellow paper; 3 pages memo notes, "New Organization notes for Admission Day" undated, approximately 1950-1954.

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Admission day. (Manuscript), Undated

Subseries 1.5: Projected novel, The Man in the Hole, Approximately 1951 (2 folders)

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Way Station 7 x 8 ½ Livewire notebook, inscribed "Walter Clark Way Station I," with cast of characters on inside cover, two starts (one pen, one pencil) many pages scratched out, notes at end straightening out dates of action, genealogy of characters (30 pages altogether); 8 x 10 Montana notebook, probably earlier, with various starts on novel, some loose-leaf, longest (8 pages). (Folder 1 of 2), Undated
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Way Station 8 ½ x 11 Livewire notebook inscribed "Way Station I, Walter V.T. Clark" with 4 ½ pages pencil beginning of novel, 3 pages pencil beginning, loose-leaf beginning (20 pages), and loose-leaf note on cast; 8 ½ x 11 Livewire notebook inscribed "Way Station I," cast of characters, many starts on novel, some loose-leaf, longest approximately 9 pages, many re-workings of opening paragraph; assorted notes, diagram of ranch house to be used, map of ranch and surrounding area, 4 ½ pages loose-leaf start. (Folder 2 of 2), Undated

Subseries 1.6: Projected novel, Way Station, Circa 1950s (2 folders)

None of the notebooks are dated. This is the novel that occupied Walter Van Tilburg Clark off and on through most of the 1950s.

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The Man in the Hole 3 8 ½ x 7 spiral notebooks with 106 pages pencil manuscript "Walter V.T. Clark, Virginia City, April, 1951" inscribed on notebooks II and III. Notebook II includes 4 pages loose notes, cast of characters, and speculations on possible sections of the novel. (Folder 1 of 2), Undated
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2
The Man in the Hole 10 x 8 Montana notebook, inscribed first "Walter V.T. Clark, The Man in The Hole I" and then "Notes-The Man in The Hole." (Folder 2 of 2), Undated

Various starts on novel, some loose-leaf,10 pages at the longest, variations between third and first person narrator, and list of characters with some prototypes identified; 8 ½ x 7 spiral notebook with many loose-leaf additions, including scheme for parallels between novel and Holy Week, "argument" of novel, and 15 page draft of opening; 8 ½ x 7 sheets torn from notebook, inscribed "check draft" and "Second check draft," both starts on novel, first 5 pages, second 13 pages; 7 page pencil on small new sheet of a prose-poem, written much later than the other materials, entitled "Prospectus of a tale about to be resumed" plus 1 page memo note.

Subseries 1.7: Unfinished short stories, Approximately 1950's-1960's (7 folders)

None of the fragments are dated though most probably date from the 1950s and some possibly from the 1960s.

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3 or more pages of “The Approach to the Pyramid”, Undated
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9 pages pencil, title undecided, possibly "The Cat," "Mrs. Greene," "A Tiger in the House," "The Constant Suitor"; new start, 2 pages entitled "Indian Summer", Undated
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3
Two pencil drafts, 3 or more pages each, entitled "The Old Man", Undated
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4
4 pages pencil inscribed "Old Tom Connover & the House and Lilacs" (possibly an offshoot from The Man in the Hole and related to box 1 folder 46), Undated
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4 pages pencil "The Doubles Player", Undated
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Notes, 2 page start of "Mormon Flat" or "A Serpent in the Sky" with later notes on possible expansion into novel, Undated
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7
1 page pencil of "Beside the Sacred Water" (Possibly related to box 1 folder 46), Undated

Subseries 1.8: Published short stories, typescripts (7 folders)

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Letters from agent, Frances Pindyck, to publisher Bennett Cerf, February 7 and February 10, 1944, including list of 19 stories for possible published collection; 1 page listing by W.V.T.C. for stories he was considering for The Watchful Gods volume, approximately 1950
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"A Letter to the Living", carbon typescript, Undated
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3
"Prestige," inscribed "19 Albany St.," (this crossed out and "Virginia City, Nevada" written), carbon typescript, Undated
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4
"The Ascent of Ariel Goodbody", carbon typescript, Undated
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5
"The Pretender" inscribed "19 Albany St., Cazenovia, New York" and "rewrite" on front page, "Pyramid, Nev., July, 1937" and "Essex, Aug. 1940" on back, carbon typescript, Undated
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"Personal Interview" inscribed "Indian Springs Ranch, Las Vegas, Nevada" (Considerable differences from published version), typescript, Undated
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7
"The Rise and the Passing of Bar" marked "Second Draft", carbon typescript, Undated

Subseries 1.9: Unpublished short stories, typescripts (5 folders)

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"A Dream of Woman" 9 pages inscribed "East Lake Rd, Cazenovia, December 1937", Undated
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"Introduction to the Master" 9 pages inscribed "East Lake Rd, Cazenovia, December 1937", Undated
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"Learning is Fire" 26 pages inscribed "Cazenovia", Undated
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4
"Nocturne in a Canyon," 13 pages inscribed "unprinted" on front, "Walter V.T. Clark" at end and "Canyon" inserted for "Cat-House", carbon typescript, Undated
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"Between Joseph and God" inscribed "The New Yorker", Undated

Subseries 1.10: Writing notes (1 folder)

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Writing Notes-A 6 x 8 Sterling notebook, with notes for possible stories and novels, lists of possible articles as well as fiction; Some loose-leaf sheets, approximately 1950s

Shows in particular W.V.T.C.'s developing ideas for a series of novels and stories centering on the imaginary town of Gold Rock, Nevada, to include Subseries 1.4, 1.5, and 1.6.

Subseries 1.11: Alf Doten materials (3 folders)

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"Alf Doten in Como," materials for article published in Nevada Highways and Parks, XXIV (October, 1964); Two pencil drafts, 25 pages each; 1 page revision notes; carbon typescript of final version, Undated
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2
4 pages single-space typed notes for talk at Storey County High School Commencement, Virginia City, Nevada, June 4, 1964, on "Mark Twain in Alf Doten”, Undated
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3
"Enterprise Locals" 1 page notes; 11 pages typed notes with excerpts from Doten Journals for speech to Western History Association, University of Oklahoma, October 30, 1964; other notes, outlines, excerpts from journals, and "brief" for Oklahoma newspapers before the talk, Undated

Subseries 1.12: “The Watchful Gods” and “Willis and the Holy Water” (3 folders)

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7 x 81/2 Your Money's Worth notebook, including: Draft, complete, of story "Willis and the Holy Water" pencil with blue pencil revisions, 3 page start, then 39 pages (probably 1946), unpublished; first draft, "The Little Gods, The Watchful Gods," pencil with very few revisions, 65 pages, circa 1946
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6 x 9 record notebook, inscribed "Walter V.T. Clark Little Gods-second draft"; ink with many inked revisions, filling notebook; loose-leaf typing sheets, hand-written, numbered 204-210 taking story to conclusion; two memo pad sheets of inserts, undated, late 1949, January 1950
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"The Little Gods, The Watchful Gods" record notebook inscribed "Walter V.T. Clark." Washoe Valley, first draft, August 1947

Subseries 1.13: Water typscript (1 folder)

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Water, 272 page typescript of completed novel, fastened by clasps in Leland Hayward Agency folder, hand-drawn title and section-head pages, inscribed "Walter Van Tilburg Clark, Essex, New York" (Cannot be dated with certainty, but written before The Ox-Bow Incident, possibly as early as 1934-35, more probably 1936 or 1938), Approximately 1934-1938

Subseries 1.14: Unfinished novel (3 folders)

A later reworking of box 2 Folder 7, possible titles Jason, Water, Floodgates, Water from Snow, The Long Life and Birth of Jason White.

Evidence that box 2 folder 8 may have been started in Indian Springs, fall 1941 or spring 1942, and that box 2 folder 9 is a rewrite started on return to Cazenovia, Approximately 1942.

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600 or more pages counting both sides, handwritten on loose-leaf lined binder paper, few revisions, going up to chapter 59, Undated
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5 x 7 hardbound Scribble-in notebook, Approximately 1942

Inscribed "The Dam" on cover, "Walter V.T. Clark" on inside cover, tentative titles with "The Dam" crossed out; 9 projected "books" with characters and scenes listed for the first 6; 4 hand-drawn maps of Nevada, Gold Rock Territory, the town of Gold Rock, the Great Windy Valley; ink mss. nearly fills book, up to chapter 20, or two chapters into the projected second "book".

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7 x 8 1/2 Spiral notebook with notes for novel up through Book 5, lists of ship and sailing terminology, drawings of type of sailing ship used in novel, Undated

Subseries 1.15: “Reno-The State City” (1 folder)

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"Reno-The State City" 6 x 10 Record notebook inscribed "Reno" on cover, "Walter V.T. Clark, Washoe Valley, Nevada" on inside cover, approximately 68 pages with revisions, manuscript draft for article published in Rocky Mountain Cities, Ray B. West, ed., 1949

Subseries 1.16: Notes on own published works, manuscript (15 folders)

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6 x 10 record notebook, inscribed "Walter V.T. Clark," 23 pages draft, very few revisions, for story "Chuangtse and the Prince of the Golden Age"; 6 loose-leaf pages of earlier version; 1 page outline for talk in which story used as illustration, Undated
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17 pages with many revisions, draft for "The Ghost of an Apprehension," an article discussing "The Portable Phonograph", Undated
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Carbon typescript of "Introduction" to Time edition of The Ox-Bow Incident, from Larkspur, California, May 20, 1962
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8 ¼ pages pencil draft of letter to agent with observations on The Ox-Bow Incident for Italian edition, undated (after 1962)
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4 pages of notes for talk on "The Watchful Gods," given at University of Southern California Library School, March 22, 1963, Undated
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4 page letter, not sent, "told too much," on The Track of the Cat, in answer to a letter from a women's literary club; 4 pages notes for talk on novel, with bookmarks indicating sections to read during talk, Approximately 1951-1952
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7 page expanded outline for talk "Story into Film" on The Ox-Bow Incident; notes used at speech, (undated) given at San Francisco State, Approximately 1957-1959
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2 page outline for analysis of "The Fish Who Could Close His Eyes", Undated
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9 pages of notes for "Digging the Well" for talk on "The Indian Well" at University of Nevada Art Festival, April 20, 1967
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Reel to reel tape of W.V.T.C. reading of “The Indian Well”, April 20, 1967
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8 pages of notes for luncheon talk on “The Anonymous" San Francisco, May 4, 1957

Subseries 1.17: “The Professor and the Writer” (5 folders)

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"The Professor and the Writer" (Originally a lecture for San Francisco State semantics series, July 15, 1959; later published as an article in Chrysalis, Spring 1962. 34 pages pencil, with revisions, draft for lecture), Undated
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Mimeograph copy of lecture with pencil revisions, 25 pages, Undated
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86 pages pencil, in Collegiate Filler Pad, draft of expanded version of article, 1961
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72 pages typescript with penciled revisions, Undated
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76 pages carbon typescript, final version for article, with letter from the editor of Chrysalis, March 23, 1962
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1 page of note for introduction to reading of "The Wind and the Snow of Winter", University of Nevada, October 1967
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Reel to reel tape of W.V.T.C. reading "The Wind and the Snow of Winter", October 19, 1967
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4 pages of notes for talk on The Track of the Cat, no date (includes page on "Some of Writing Problems and Concerns"), Undated
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Copy of The Ox-Bow Incident, Signet [6th edition], with manuscript comments by W. V. T. C., 1954

Subseries 1.18: The Queen is a Powerful Piece (2 folders)

A complete, unpublished novella.

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135 pages ink, first draft, inscribed "Walter Clark, Washoe Valley, 1946" on cover of green Scrap Book in which is written, "Lewers Ranch, Washoe Valley, January 9, 1947" at conclusion;, Undated

Hand-drawn illustrations at front, close; loose-leaf illustrations of symbolic chess arrangement used in story, for possible dust-jacket; 2 pages of chess games, in standard chess notation, used in story.

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225 pages typescript, with blue pencil revisions, inscribed "Walter Van Tilburg Clark, Washoe Valley, Nevada, March '47", Undated

1 page "check sheet for final typescript revision"; 1 page list of frequently-used words to be decreased in revision; 1 page list of the cast and "chief problems in last version"; 2 pages timetables, one of national and international events during course of story, other of central character's life; 1 page "Notes on Reading of Second Draft"; chess notation records of the two games played in work.

Subseries 1.19: Ambrose, the Chess-Playing Poodle (1 folder)

A complete, unpublished novella.

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Two 12 x 7 ½ & Record notebooks, 189 pages ink manuscript with some revisions in ink, Inscription in each, "Walter V.T. Clark, Washoe Valley, June 1947", Undated

Subseries 1.20: The Angel and the Judge (1 folder)

Unfinished novella.

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The Angel and the Judge, two 7 1/2 x 10 Sterling notebooks, the first with 101 pages (both sides, pencil), and the second 5 pages, Probably late 1946

Subseries 1.21: Poetry (14 folders)

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15 ½ pages typescript of narrative poem in blank verse, "Strange Hunting" that was the genesis for The Track of the Cat (Inscribed at close with address "307 Colchester Ave., Burlington, Vermont," this crossed out and "Essex, New York" put in, suggesting written late spring, 1934), Probably 1934
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“Trilogy for Tired Lovers”, 103 pages typescript, bound in hard covers by W.V.T.C., with his own drawn and colored illustrations at front of each of three short plays, part verse, part prose, called "Pattern," "The Wooing of Harlequin," and "Little Light of Love" (with an inscription to wife, dated "Christmas 1933"), Probably 1933
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Approximately 10 pages typescript, hand illustrated, "The Temple: Colors in a Faith," inscribed "For Barbara, Walt", Approximately 1931-1933
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8 x ¼ hardbound notebook, inscribed "Occasionals I, Walter Van T. Clark 1931-," poems printed in ink, apparently final copies, no revisions, indications which poems published; 68 poems, mostly short, including poems published in Stanford, Nevada, and Vermont University literary magazines, and four which appeared, some with slight changes, in Ten Women in Gale's House (Since this notebook includes transcriptions of earlier poems, some may date before 1931, probably none later than 1933)
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8 x 10 ¼ hardbound notebook, inscribed "Occasionals II, Walter V.T. Clark," poems printed in ink as in folder 6, 50 poems, several of them 8-15 page narrative poems, including "Strange Hunting" in folder 3, and "Pattern" in folder 4, and in­cludes rest of poems published in Vermont magazine, Poetry, and American Poetry Journal, Probably 1933-1935
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7 ½ x 10 Compositions notebook, inscribed "Walter Van Tilburg Clark Occasionals III 1933-1939," and inside "Drippings from the pen-commencing October 1933 filled November 1940"; Ink printed copies as above, a few erasures; 63 poems, several very brief poem-plays, songs for plays; Contains, loose, an envelope with football scores and a few lines; list of possible titles for book of poems on bottom of one page; various poems in folder 6, 7, and 8 are marked with an "x" in red pencil and/or a checkmark which may indicate those W.V.T.C. thought most likely for inclusion in one or more books of poetry, Undated
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7 ½ x 10 Compositions notebook, inscribed "W.V.T. Clark Aug. 1941-" on cover and inside cover, "The critical and war- poems in section 'Propitiation of the Dark Gods'"; many of these poems show several revisions; 75 poems, mostly short lyrics and ballads again, many dated, most written at Indian Springs, Nevada, 1941-1942; includes drafts of "Prayer for the Evil Days," "In Tombstone Town," and "The Sweet Promised Land of Nevada," all subsequently used in The City of Trembling Leaves
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7 ½ x 10 Compositions notebook inscribed "Vol. V Walter Van Tilburg Clark Sword Singer The Tale of Tristram," and on first page, "written during July-Nineteen Thirty One-in La Jolla, California"; 176 pages ink, printing, this the poem used as part of Master's thesis, University of Nevada, 1931
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8 x 10 ½ hardbound notebook, inscribed "Vol. VII The Burial of Kitty Hemming and other poems-Walter Van Tilburg Clark 1931-32"; 165 pages printed in ink, no revisions, with table of contents, illustrated title page for each of 7 narrative poems, including "Ten Women in Gale's House"; an eighth, "The Stone Woman," has been removed
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8 x 10½ hardbound notebook inscribed "The Great Comer & other Poems Walter V.T. Clark", same "book" arrangement as folder 11, but only 1 poem, "The Great Comer," 26 ½ pages ink, printing, probably 1932 or 1933
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Drafts of poems, often quick jottings, incomplete and never worked on, early 1950s to 1971
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Typescript of eight poems: “Centurian, You”; “Armistice Day, Parade”; “The Stone Woman”; “The Great Comer”; “Brother Bones”; “A Path”; “Benedict Morales' Wife and Carl Andread, Philosophe”, 88 numbered leaves bound (Preceded by a 3 page letter, holograph, to Robert and Virginia Caples, Burlington, Vermont), December 15, 1933
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"Monograph Concerning the Rare Sockeye Original of Undetermined Date - Man with Protruding Tongue", holograph, 5 numbered pages n.p., Undated
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Reel to reel tape, Clark’s Story “The Indian Well” read in simplified English by William Reynolds for the Voice of America, Undated

Subseries 1.22: Marginalia in Student Texts (2 folders)

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Autograph, various thoughts, aphorisms, printed inside front and back covers of Leaves of Grass, The Modern Student's Library, Scribner's, 1922, apparently used at University of Nevada, 1927-1931
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Autograph, aphoristic thoughts printed inside front and back covers and over blank pages of Twentieth-Century Poetry, edited by Drinkwater, Canby and Benet, Riverside Press (like folder 16, probably a college text), 1930

Series 2: Personal- teaching, literary- business, clippings, 1939-1971

Series 2 includes more of his professional teaching materials and business related items. It has been broken down into 12 subseries.

Subseries 2.1: Autobiographical and bibliographical statement (1 folder)

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Chronological chart; 10 pages carbon typescript to be mimeographed and used in answer to the usual biographical queries from students and fans; some ink revisions and additions; and 9 pages copy of mimeographed version, with W.V.T.C.'s inked additions to the bibliography, 1964; Undated

Subseries 2.2: Teaching, University of Nevada, Reno (5 folders)

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7 ½ x 9 ½ notebook inscribed "Class Records Spring '65 through Spring '69" including records for both creative writing classes and National Defense Education Act Institutes, Summers of 1965, 1966, 1967, 1965-1969

In back of notebook, list of creative writing "Maxims" and observations "On Viewpoint," introductory guidelines given to writing students the first day of class.

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8 x 10 ¼ National notebook with class records, creative writing, Fall 1969

These records usually include a list, under the name of the student, of the pieces received, with comments about them.

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Mimeographed student "anthology" from NDEA Institute, with brief remark by W.V.T.C. on page 4, 1967
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Handwritten manuscript and typescript for "Suggestions for the Development of a Creative Writing Program" for Nevada, Probably 1968
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Contracts and correspondence with the University of Nevada, 1951-1971

Subseries 2.3: Other class records (2 folders)

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7 ½ x 9-3/4 notebook, class records from Wesleyan University creative writing classes, 1960-1961
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7 ½ x 9-3/4 notebook, records of creative writing classes at San Francisco State College, 1961-1962

Subseries 2.4: Fiction contest judging (5 folders)

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8 x 10 ¼ National notebook with notes, synopsis of entries, ratings with commentaries for: Delta Novel Awards, 1962, 1963; Spur Award in Western Fiction, 1967; Pen Women's Short Story Contest, 1969; Reno High School Poetry Contest, 1969 (Also notes, in notebook and loose-leaf, on John Hawkes' books, made for discussion of student doctoral dissertation)
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Letters to and from Dick Kennedy on 1963 Delta Contest, Undated
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Carbon typescript of final judging letter for Hopwood Fiction contest, with ratings, commentary on entries, 1963
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Memo pad notes, manuscript comments for Hopwood "minor" entries, typescript for comments of "major" entries, Hopwood Contest, 1967
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Copy of letter to Mrs. Grace Jordan re: Idaho Writer’s Contest entries, May 1, 1959

Subseries 2.5: Photos (22 photos)

Contains 22 photographs, mainly duplicates of publicity photographs used for dust jackets, et cetera, from 1939 to 1970, including photos from Cazenovia, Washoe Valley and Virginia City, Montana and California; also photo, publicity blurb on flyer from University of Omaha Writer's Conference.

Subseries 2.6: The Ox-Bow incident, scrapbook (1 volume)

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Scrapbook started at the date of publication and includes dust-jackets; reviews by major and minor newspapers; articles about W.V.T.C. from the local Cazenovia and regional papers; script of radio broadcast about book; letters from fans; and some clippings about the movie, Undated

Includes reviews from N.Y. Times, New Yorker, Saturday Review, N.Y. Herald Tribune, Boston Transcript.

Subseries 2.7: The City of Trembling Leaves, scrapbook (1 volume)

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Started at date of publication and includes dust-jacket; letters received; reviews including those by N.Y. Times, Saturday Review, Yale Review, Atlantic Monthly, Nation, New Yorker, as well as typescript of review by Wallace Stegner for the Virginia Quarterly, and a review, by a priest, for a Catholic publication, which W.V.T.C. felt came the closest to seeing what he was after, Undated

Subseries 2.8: The Track of the Cat, Scrapbook (1 volume)

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Track of the Cat Scrapbook, Undated

Started at date of publication and includes dust-jacket; photographs of Lewer's Ranch, Washoe Valley, Nevada, where novel was written; letters, with one from William Carlos Williams giving his reaction to the book; a strange correspondence with a prototypical Hollywood producer; newspaper pieces on the dramatic production by the Reno Little Theatre; loose clippings; including story; photo of black panther gone berserk in some zoo; reviews including those from the New Yorker, Herald Tribune, Times, Christian Science Monitor, Saturday Review, S.F. Chronicle, Yale Review, Time.

Subseries 2.9: The Watchful Gods and Other Stories (1 volume)

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Material for scrapbook on The Watchful Gods and Other Stories; letters; mostly clippings of reviews including Times, Nation, Saturday Review, New Yorker, S.F. Chronicle, Undated

Subseries2.10: Account books (2 volumes)

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Two 7 ½ x 12 hardbound Journal ledgers, the first apparently started in 1940 and the second a duplication with rearrangement as particular accounts became too long, Approximately 1940-1963

Both inscribed "Writing Accounts" cover­ the year 1940-1963 and list fees and royalties received for fiction, original, reprints, etc., and organization or magazine received from, reviewed, and income from other sources, summer conferences, talks, etc.

Subseries 2.11: Miscellaneous business correspondence and literary business (13 folders)

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Correspondence on plagiarism of Ox-Bow by Lion Books' Ramrod, 1956: Letter to Saxe Commins, Random House editor, from Hardin Goodman, who discovered plagiarism, March 8, 1956; Letter from Commins to W.V.T.C., March 15, 1956; Letter from agents to W.V.T.C., April 4, 1956; Letter from agents to W.V.T.C., June 13, 1956, including copy of Random House lawyer's letter to Lion Books citing page numbers of passages involved; W.V.T.C.'s notes on suggested restitution
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Concerning adaptations of published works (1955-1970): Letter from agent on proposed S.F. State adaptation of Ox-Bow for theatre, April, 1956, includes sheaf of W.V.T.C.'s notes on script; Letter from agent on CBS TV adaptation of "Hook," December 1955; Letter from CBS, including Variety blurb on "Hook" adaptation, March 1956; Letter from R. Morin, April 30 (1963), on movie adaptation of "The Indian Well," W.V.T.C.'s synopsis of answer on envelope; Letter from Schaum Piano School to publish ballad "The Sweet Promised Land of Nevada," November 30, 1970, W.V.T.C.'s synopsis of answer
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Correspondence from others concerning contest judging; talks; and a board to select literary figures for medals, 1967-1970
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Requests for articles and stories (usually with synopsis of intended reply or response by W.V.T.C. on envelope, 1965-70): From Boy's Life, February 16, 1970 to W. Van Tilling Clarke and April 2, 1970 to Walter Van Tilburg Clark; From J. Golden Taylor, Western American Literature Association, March 19, 1969 for paper and talk to Association; From American West, November 23, 1968 on project of editing selections from American Mercury; From Wallace Stegner, for American West, on writing preface for Lady in Boomtown, May 2, 1968; From American West, May 10, 1968 on preface; From Esquire, March 14, 1969; From Henry Taylor, University of Utah Press, for contribution to commemorative essays for B. Gheislin, November 4, 1970; From Swallow Press, June 13, 1969; From Reader's Digest, October 22, 1965; From American West, thanking for preface, suggesting article on H. L. Davis, Mercury editing, August 29, 1968; From Maine State Library, February 4, 1964
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Correspondence from Duncan Emrich and Library of Congress concerning gift of manuscript of Cat and City; information bulletin of Library, February 20, 1950, with description of manuscripts; photograph of Library display of manuscript
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Concerning critical, biographical, bibliographical pieces: Letter from Mr. Max Westbrook, doing critical book on W.V.T.C., May 4, 1963; Letter from Westbrook, August 9, 1968; Letter from Mrs. H. James Malloy, concerning her dissertation on W.V.T.C. at Northwestern University, April 8, 1968; Letters from A. R. Kitzhaber and Don MacRae, University of Oregon, concerning use of Ox-Bow in high school lit textbook, includes proposed revisions to avoid word "nigger", October, 1969; Letter from John Milton, South Dakota Review, following interview with W.V.T.C., August 28, 1969; Letter from editor of Presenting Moonshine, newsletter for book collectors, requesting permission to publish a letter, November 9, 1969
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Writing business, 1950-1971: Correspondence on and contracts with agents, 1962-1965, 1965-1968, 1968-1971; Letter from agent with copy of British outlet's refusal to publish both unabridged City and Gods, October 1950; Formal permission to edit Doten journals from Random House, December 13 and December 19, 1961; Xerox copy, letter from foreign agent, September 27, 1962
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Copies of contracts with University of Nevada, Reno: teaching contracts; Doten editorial appointment; tenure; letter accepting resignation for illness from chairman of English Department, 1962-1971
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Letters from former students for recommendations, including Rockefeller Foundation recommendation for William East-Lake, Guggenheim information from Oakley Hall, a request to help fight dismissal from teaching post by former student, 1957-1970
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Autographed story from former student, David Madden, 1966
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Copy Author's Guild Constitution, envelope, September 5, 1944
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Mimeographed copy of letter written, by member of department opposing changes in S. F. State Creative Writing program. Makes brief mention of W.V.T.C.'s role in building program (W.V.T.C.'s note on back), After 1962
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Miscellaneous correspondence, contracts, etc., 1946

Subseries 2.12: Newspaper clippings and honorary items, 1949-1971 (2 folders)

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Assorted newspaper clippings and photos regarding W.V.T.C., Approximately 1949-1969

Clip from Record newspaper of N.Y. State Buffalo about the library display of W.V.T.C.'s books with photo, July 14, 1954; Clip, N.Y. Times (June 6, 1953?) on W.V.T.C.'s resignation from University of Nevada in protest of autocratic administration; Photo-clip, Reno newspaper, W.V.T.C. receiving honorary degree at University of Nevada; Clip and photo, "Honors for Clark, Heyns," Nevada State Journal, June 2, 1969, concerning honorary degree; Clip, "Clark Dissects the Novel," by Luther Nichols, "The Book Corner," S.F. Examiner, April 18, 1957, reporting gist of lecture given in Oakland; Clip, "A New Audience for 'The Ox-Bow Incident'," by William Hogan, "A Bookman's Notebook," S.F. Chronicle, 1960(?) with Photo; Clip, "Author Clark to Address Friends of Library Dinner," Nevada State Journal, no date (approximately October, 1967); Page, Publisher's Weekly, October 1, 1949, on Author's Day in Virginia City, Nevada with photo; “Nevada Hits New Bonanza in Books Playing Host to Best Selling Authors,” clip from Manchester, Conn., Evening Herald, October 19, 1949, with photo of W.V.T.C. on front porch of home in Virginia City; Page, Oakland Tribune, October 9, 1950, with untitled biographical paragraph on W.V.T.C. as teacher in Virginia City; Letter from Goodwin Knight, Governor of California, October 6, 1958, official congratulations on W.V.T.C.'s selection as one of “Ten Best Western Writers” and receipt of honorary degree from Colgate; Offer of spurious honorary degree from "North American University" (Send $50, no need to attend ceremony); Clip, photo and long caption, Reno newspaper, about upcoming reading of "The Indian Well" for Arts Festival, no date, approximately April, 1967

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Clips, various newspapers including Reno and N.Y. Times; obituaries (November 11-13, 1971); copy of remarks made at funeral by family attorney and personal friend, Leslie B. Grey; memorial remarks by friend and colleague Dr. Charlton Laird in Arts and Sciences Bulletin, University of Nevada

Series 3: Personal Correspondence, 1932-1971

Series 3 includes Clark’s personal correspondence and is divided into 13 subseries, mostly arranged by correspondent’s name.

Subseries 3.1: Christmas cards (1 folder)

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A "collection" of Christmas cards using the watercolor paintings of Merrill A. Bailey, most with notes from the Baileys, close friends in Cazenovia, a few from other people; most undated, late 1940's and 1950's

Subseries 3.2: Letters from Dee Herrmann and Jim Green (1 folder)

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Letters from Dee Herrmann, Missoula, Montana, May 17, 1966; a letter from Jim Green, Arizona State U., May 9, 1968, requesting W.V.T.C.'s support on change of dissertation topic

Subseries 3.3: Lease in Reno (1 folder)

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Letter, copy of lease for house in Reno, from brother, Dr. David G. Clark, February 15, 1963

Subseries 3.4: Letters to and from Reno Pump Supply (1 folder)

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Letters to and from Reno Pump Supply, objecting to shoddy equipment, repair work, dunning and a huffy answer from the company, May 1963

Subseries 3.5: Letters to Barbara Frances Morse Clark (1 folder)

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Letters to wife, Barbara Frances Morse Clark (169 letters, of varying length, many of them quite long); 1932: 1 letter from Carmel, California; 1935: 3 letters from Nyack, Blauvelt, New York; 1937: 7 letters from Albuquerque, New Mexico and Reno, Nevada; 1940: 1 letter, from Cazenovia, New York; 1941: 4 letters from Cazenovia, New York and Edgartown, Massachusetts; 1950: 12 letters from Salt Lake City, Utah and Laramie, Wyoming; 1951: 21 letters from Iowa City, Iowa; 1952: 52 letters from Iowa City, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska; 1953: 27 letters from Eureka, California, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington and Missoula, Montana; 1954: 33 letters from Missoula, Montana and Palo Alto, California; 1957: 5 letters from Virginia City, Nevada; 1964: 3 letters from Salt Lake City, Utah and Missoula, Montana

Subseries 3.6: Letters to Robert Morse Clark and Barbara Ann Clark (3 folders)

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Letter to son, Robert Morse Clark, from Laramie, Wyoming to Virginia City, Nevada, July 6, 1950
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Letter to son from Reno, Nevada, to Vandenburg Air Force Base, California, February 1965
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Letter to daughter, Barbara Ann Clark, from Laramie, Wyoming to Virginia City, Nevada, July 6, 1950

Subseries 3.7: Letters to Saxe Commins (3 folders)

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Letters to Saxe Commins, editor, Random House: From Virginia City, Nevada, preceding submission of The Watchful Gods (photocopy), January 31, 1950
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From Missoula, Montana, (photocopy), June 9, 1956
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Note from Mrs. Saxe Commins to W.V.T.C., about possible publications of the letters (Envelope was empty, note missing), March 22, 1970

Subseries 3.8: Letter to agent (1 folder)

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Letter to agent, Mrs. Phyllis Jackson, from Virginia City, Nevada, concerning large check for renewal of paperback rights and legal matters (photocopy), January 27, 1971

Subseries 3.9: Letters from Jack Gottlieb (1 folder)

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Letters, from Jack Gottlieb requesting permission to adapt Ox-Bow as an opera libretto (Included is a vita of Gottlieb), March, 1968

Subseries 3.10: Letters to Robert Cole Caples (1 folder)

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Letters to Robert Cole Caples (44 letters): 1956: 4 letters from Missoula, Montana and Mill Valley, California; 1960: 1 letter from Middletown, Connecticut; 1961: 1 letter from Larkspur, California; 1962: 3 letters from Reno, Nevada; 1963: 4 letters from Reno, Nevada; 1964: 3 letters from Reno, Nevada; 1966: 2 letters from Reno, Nevada; 1967: 2 letters from Reno, Nevada; 1968: 1 letter from Reno, Nevada; 1969: 4 letters from Virginia City, Nevada; 1970: 3 letters from Virginia City, Nevada; 1971: 16 letters from Virginia City, Nevada

Subseries 3.11: Letters from Charlton G. Laird Collection (1 folder)

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Photocopies of letters from Charlton G. Laird Collection pertinent to Walter Van Tilburg Clark, Undated

Subseries 3.12: Letters to David Madden (1 folder)

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Letters from Clark to David Madden advising and providing guidance on Madden’s writings; 16 items, circa 1961-1971

Subseries 3.13: Letter from Clark to friend, Muriel, and Great Basin Magazine (1 folder)

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Letter from Clark to friend, Muriel regarding his visit to San Francisco in spring 1932; and Great Basin Magazine featuring that letter, spring 1997

Subseries 3.14: Letter from Clark to Grace Bordwich, 1951 (1 folder)

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Letter from Clark to Grace Bordwich regarding a short story by John Hall, 1951

Series 4: Marginalia and notes, 1922-1969 (48 folders)

Most of the marginalia and loose-leaf notes in the following books are part of preparation for using the book in a class, and not a personal response for Walter Van Tilburg Clark's own use, though this occurs occasionally. Thus the marginalia are predominately noting structural, technical devices, or summarizing the action of a passage or section, and underlinings are mainly of passages Walter Van Tilburg Clark saw as particularly important for technical or thematic considerations. “Bookmarks” usually signal pages to be read for illustration of points in lecture, discussion. Abbreviations used in the listings: m=Marginalia, u=Underlining, b=Bookmarks, a=Autograph (Walter Van Tilburg Clark's name inscribed.) Items of particular importance as indications of Walter Van Tilburg Clark's methods of teaching, thoughts on fiction and poetry or things in general, or influence on his own work are marked with an*.

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Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. New York: Pocket Books, 1952

a; Extensive m; u; b; 16 pages of notes: cast; class discussions; scene; general notes; chapter synopsis; class approach; final session.

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Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights. New York: Pocket Books, 1951

Extensive m, u; b; 26 pp. notes: cast, on Bronte family, treatment, on W.H. as center and source of violence and Thrushcross Grange of peace and manners, synopsis, craft of the book. (Notes from two different preparations.)

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Cather, Willa. Death Comes for the Archbishop. New York: Knopfa, 1945

a; m; b; 32 pp. notes: general notes, outline of short approach to novel, the characters of Father Latour and Father Joseph as the formulative principle of the book, introduction to Willa Cather.

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Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer. New York: New American Library, Signet edition, 1953

a; extensive m, u, both stories; introduction by Albert J. Geurard underlined; 5 pp. notes: Secret Sharer discussion (used at U. of Montana), general notes (used at S.F. State). Also Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer. Signet classic, 21st printing, n.d. m, u, for "Heart of Darkness" only; 3 pp. notes, treatment, outline of H.D. (used at U. of Montana); 11 pp. notes: add notes, funneling all rest into concluding scene, light and dark pattern, wind-up (used at S.F. State).

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Conrad, Joseph. The Nigger of the "Narcissus". New York: Harper & Bros., 1951

Harper's Modern Classics Edition. a; extensive m, u; one passage introduction by Morton Zabel under­lined; list of Conrad's works, order of the Marlowe stories on inside cover; 3 pp. organizational notes for discussions of novel (earlier notes); 11 pp. notes: treatment, general notes, cast and synopsis, notes toward treatment, wind-up (used at S.F. State).

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Cozzens, James Gould. Guard of Honor. New York: Permabooks, 1952

a; m and u in only one chapter; 7 pp. notes: cast, points for discussion, summary analysis.

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Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. New York: Pocket Books, 1951

Extensive m, u; b; notes on inside cover; 26 pp. notes: approach to novel, synopsis, RB and symbolism, topics for class papers, notes for discussion of papers, add notes (used at S.F. State).

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Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. New York: Washington Square Press, 1964

Extensive m, u; 9 pp. notes: approach, out­line summary (used for 1965 NDEA Institute, U. of Nevada).

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The Creative Reader. R. W. Stallman and R. C.. Waters, eds. `New York: Ronald Press, 1954

m, preparatory analysis on: Thurber, "The Catbird Seat"; Joyce, "A Little Cloud"; Colette Audry, "The Gloves"; Conrad, "Amy Foster"; Crane, "The Upturned Face" and "The Open Boat"; Faulkner, "The Bear"; Welty, "A Still Moment"; James, "Paste"; Shakespeare, "The Tempest" (very brief); Whitman, "When Lilacs Last...."; notes on structure of poems, scansion of poetry, introduction to fiction writing; classroom discussions; typescript syllabus for NDEA Institute lit class, summer, 1965, with class notes. (This text often used in introductory creative writing classes as well as the NDEA Institutes.)

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Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment. New York: Modern Library. Modern Library College Editions, 1950

a; extensive m, u; b; underlining and marginal remarks in introduction by E. J. Simmons; 22 pp. notes: class discussion, subjects for papers, line of discussion, notes on author, background of novel, particulars of D's method, cast and synopsis (early notes, cu. 1950-54); 17 pp. notes: cast, treatment, general notes, last session, topics, themes and devices (later notes, S.F. State).

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Faulkner, William. The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying. New York: Modern Library, 1946

a; extensive m, u; b; 35 pp. notes, As I Lay Dying: introduction to author and novel, approach to novel, synopsis, topics for papers, add notes, comments on characters, AILD as allegory, outline of treatment, final class (notes appear to be from at least three different preparations, earliest probably early 1950's); 1 p. note on parts III and IV of The Sound and the Fury.

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Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Bantam Books, 1945

a; extensive m, u; b; cost list inside cover; 11 pp. notes: synopsis, outline for treatment, short treatment.

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Forster, E. M. Howard's End. New York: Vintage Books, 1954

a; m; u; 18 pp. notes: General notes, general considerations on Forster, plans for classes.

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Forster, E.. M. A Passage to India. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Harbrace Modern Classics Edition, Undated

a; extensive m, u; b; flyleaf notes on "Jainism"; general notes on dedication page; notes on special verbal oppositions and ironies, the central pattern on back of title page. 11 pp. notes: cast, treatment, and chapter summaries, compare PI to Howard's End on theme of "right feeling," outline for discussion, thematic lines to be traced, technical consideration, add notes. (This novel used as text in special version of "Craft of Fiction" course at S.F. State concerning mysticism in fiction.)

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Guthrie, A. B., Jr. The Big Sky. New York: Pocket Books, 1952

a; slight m, u; 13 pp. notes: synopsis, general, topics for papers, ideas on mountain man, mountain man as unique figure.

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Hardy, Thomas. The Return of the Native. New York: Pocket Books, 1953

a; extensive m, u; b; 21 pp. notes: cast, order of treatment, synopsis, general notes, "Process in Analysis of Book," fate and accident alive.

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Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises. New York: Modern Library, 1930

a; m; u; b; 29 pp. notes: treatment, synopsis, add notes, approach to Hemingway, on "The Killers," short treatment, general notes.

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Highlights of Modern Literature: A Permanent Collection of Memorable Essays From The New York Times Book Reivew. Francis Brown, ed. New York: New American Library, mentor edition, 1954

a; table of contents marked; essays with m and u, often extensive; W. H. Auden, "The World that Books Have Made"; Arthur Mizener, "What Makes Great Books Great"; E. Brown, "The Search for a Story to Tell"; Ivor Brown, "In Praise of Clarity"; Lloyd Frankenberg, "How Clear is Clarity?"; Alan Pryce-Jones, "The Novelist in a World Awry"; Robert Gorham Davis, "At the Heart of the Story is man"; Eliz. Janeway, "What's American and What's British in the Modern Novel"; Manes Sperber, "Search for a Miraculous Paradox"; Stephen Spender, "The Modernist Movement is Dead"; Louis Kronenberger, "On Critics, Pedants and Philistines" and "A Time to Speak Words of Praise"; K. A. Porter. "The Calm, Pure Art of Willa Cather"; David Daiches, "Enduring Wisdom from a Poet Sage." 6 pp. notes: topics for class papers, outlines for discussions. (Used as text, possibly at U. of Montana, 1954-56, but many of the marginal remarks reflect personal reaction, agree­ment or disagreement.)

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The House of Fiction: An Anthology of the Short Story. Caroline Gordon and Allen Tate, eds. New York: Scribner's, 1954

a; stories marked: Flaubert, "A Simple Heart," 1 p. note; Melville, "Benito Cereno," 2 pp. notes; Poe, "The Fall of the House of Usher," slight m; James, "The Beast in the Jungle," m, u, 2 pp. notes; Porter, "Old Mortality," m, 1 p. note. 1 p. introductory notes for Faulkner, Thomas Mann, Crane; 2 pp. outline for "Craft of Fiction" course, S.F. State, for which this test was used. (Notes in 20 below.)

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The House of Fiction, etc. Gorton and Tate, eds. New York: Scribner, 1960

Paperback edition. a; table of contents marked, with note about "Young Love" from Modern Essays as introductory piece. Stories marked: Flaubert, "A Simple Heart," m, u; Chekov, "On the Road," m, u; De Maupassant, "The Story of a Farm Girl," m, u; James, "The Beast in the Jungle," u, extensive m, 1 p. note; Kafka, "The Hunter Gracchus," 2 pp. notes; Crane, "The Open Boat," m, extensive u, 2 pp. notes; Frank O'Connor, "Guests of the Nation," m, u; Porter, "Old Mortality," m, u; Faulkner, "Spotted Horses," m, u, 1 p. note; Hemingway, "The Killers," m, u, 1 p. note. 4 pp. notes: outline of general intentions of course, introductory maxims on writing as imagination, connection with real world; 1 p. note covering other stories in volume. (Used in creative writing course, U. of Nevada, 1965-70.

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Huxley, Aldous. After Many a Summer Dies the Swan. New York: Avon Books, 1954

a; annotated cast list following title page; extensive m, u; b; 41 pp. notes: treatment, Huxley and the Novel of Idea, synopsis, wind-up. (Notes covering at least two different preparations. This novel used in unfavorable comparison with Passages to India in course on fictional treatment of mysticism.)

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Huxley, Aldous. Point Counter Point. New York: Modern Library, Undated

a; m; u; b; 39 pp. notes: order of treatment, cast, organ­ization, synopsis, tracing a thesis.

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Hudson, W.H. Green Mansions. New York: Modern Library, 1944

a; extensive m, u up to p. 107; 11 pp. notes: synopsis, cast, special materials for discussion, wind up. (Used in course on mysticism, and novel which was life-long personal favorite and literary cause.)

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Hudson, W. H. Green Mansions. New York, Toronto, etc.: Bantam Books. Bantam Pathfinder edition, 1965

Cast list inside cover, extensive m, u up to p. 107; 11 pp. notes: cast, order of presenta­tion of novel, summaries and analysis up to chapter 8, wind-up, add notes. (Used for NDEA Institute, U. of Nevada, 1966.)

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An Introduction to Haiku. Harold G. Henderson, ed. New York: Doubleday Anchor Books, 1958

a; no marginalia, some poems checked; inside front and back cover list of "General principles of poetry inherent in Haiku." (Used increasingly through later years as introduction to poetry writing.)

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James, Henry. The Ambassadors. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1948

a; extensive m; u; b; 14 pp. notes: treatment, add note, Strether as central, technique, class papers, wind-up. (Favorite James novel for use in Craft of Fiction and similar courses.)

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James, Henry. The American. New York, etc.: Rinehart & Co. Rinehart paperback edition

a; extensive m, u; b; 18 pp, notes: synopsis and study points, intention, cast, chapter summaries, topics for papers. (Used in novel courses, especially in the early 1950s.)

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James, Henry. Daisy Miller and an International Episode. New York: Penguin Books, 1947

a; slight m on "Daisy Miller" only; 6 pp. notes: DM as introduction to Jamesian method, introduction to James' writing of the middle years.

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James, Henry. The Golden Bowl. New York: Grove Press. Evergreen Books paperback, Undated

a; m and u only in concluding chapters; 3 pp. notes: cast, general technical considerations, summaries and analysis of same chapters as marked; notes on envelope on points to watch in reading and preparation; copy on article "Symbolism in James' 'The Golden Bowl'," by James L. Spencer, from Modern Fiction Studies. (This novel being considered for future classes.)

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Melville, Hermann. Typee and Billy Budd. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1958

A Dutton Everyman Paperback. a; slight m, "Billy Budd" only; 8 pp. notes, "Billy Budd"; general approach indicating illustrative passages to read, general notes for class presentation.

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Modern Essays. Russel Nye, ed. Chicago, etc.: Scott, Foresman & Co., 1953

a; table of contents marked; essays containing m and u; Charles S. Brooks, "On the Difference Between Wit and Humor"; E. S. Martin, “Writing”; E. M. Forster, "What I Believe"; Theordore Dreiser, "Secrecy-Its Value"; Randolph Bourne, "A Philosophy of Handicap," 1 p. note; S. Leacock, "My Remarkable Uncle"; Hans Zinsser, "Young Love" (this essay used in talk about difference between fiction and non-fiction, with W.V.T.C. making illustrative changes, some of which are marked); Aldous Huxley, "Selected Snob­beries"; Thomas Mann, "Sleep, Sweet Sleep," 2 pp. notes; A. J. Nock, "The Disadvantages of Being Educated," 1 p. note; D. H. Lawrence, "Whistling of Birds," 1 p. note; O. Spengler, "What Statesmen Must Know"; A. N. Whitehead, from "Universities and Their Function," 1 p. note (W.V.T.C. in general agreement with Whitehead on this topic); selections from The New Yorker's "Talk of the Town," 1 p. note; selections from newspapers; P. Gallico, "His Majesty the King," 1 p. note; E. B. White, "Once More to the Lake," 2 pp. notes; B. Atkinson, from "Once Around the Sun," 1 p. note; C. S. Lewis, "Screwtape Letter, No. 23," 1 p. note; George Orwell, "Reflections on Gandhi"; Albert Camus, "The Wind at Djemila." Notes on class business, topics for writing, order of essays to be read, etc. Brief notes for talk "Making a Story" using "Young Love." (Used as Freshman Composition text, U. of Montana.)

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Porter, Katherine Anne. Pale Horse, Pale Rider. New York: Modern Library, 1949

a; m, u in "Noon Wine" and "Pale Horse, Pale Rider"; notes on cast, NW, back of title page; 2 pp. notes on introduction to K. A. Porter and NW; 4 pp. notes on PHPR: synopsis, lecture notes, topics for papers, intention in story. (Used at Stanford, 1954, in comparison with E. Welty.)

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Problems in Reading and Writing. Henry W. Sams and W. F. McNeir, eds. New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1950

a; table of contents marked; essays which contain m, u; B. Franklin, from The Autobiography; G. G. Nathan and H. L. Mencken, "What all Americans Most Desire"; S. Lewis, "Dinner with the Babbits"; J. Dos Passos, "Three Kinds of Success"; W. C. H. Whetham, "Empiricism and Imagination"; W. Harvey, "On the Motion of the Heart...."; N. P. Gist and L. A. Halbert, "Personality Traits of Urban and Rural Persons"; Donald Davison, "Brother Jonathan and Cousin Roderick"; C. H. Sears, "City Man Looks at His City"; H. Garland, "A Visit to the West"; O. W. Holmes, "Freedom of Speech"; "Freedom of the Press"; J. M. Woolsey, "Censorship for Morals"; Supreme Court Decision, Bridges vs. California; James Harvey Robinson, "Kinds of Thinking," ex­tensive m, u (a man whose thought W.V.T.C. often mentioned, in agreement); J. A. Peddiwell, "The Saber-Tooth Curriculum," ex­tensive m, u; K. R. H. Hutchins, "Education for Freedom," extensive m, u; H. M. Jones, "The American Scholar once more," extensive m, u; W. R. Inge, "The Idea of Progress"; Will Durant, "Is Progress a Delusion?"; Wilson D. Wallis," The Nature of Progress"; section on controversy between Rivera and Rockefeller; J. Thurber, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"; screenplay of Mitty movie; Goldwyn's "Letter to Life"; Thurber's "Letter to Life"; John Stuart Mill, "Three Disciplines." 4 pp. notes on section "Objectives of Edu­cation," syllabus for freshman composition course, U. of Nevada, fall, 1952; draft of questions for final. (Marginalia here often reflects personal response and opinion, especially in Education section.)

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Short Story Masterpieces. Robert Penn Warren and Albert Erskine, eds. New York: Dell Books, 1954

a; table of contents marked with the general illustrative point each story offers, i.e., “Open Winter” - “place and character”; little m or u, but brief note at head of most stories; list on inside front cover, "with each story discuss..."; most extensive m on: Anderson, "The Egg"; Cheever, "Torch Song"; Conrad, "An Outpost of Progress"; Fitzgerald, "Winter Dreams"; O'Connor, "My Oedipus Complex"; Steinbeck, "Flight"; E. Taylor, "A Red-Letter Day"; P. Taylor, "A Spinster's Tale." Separate 1 p. notes on "Winter Dreams," "My Oedipus Complex," and James' "The Tree of Knowledge." 1 p. note, " Intro to 115-215" (Craft of Fiction course, S.F. State); 1 p. note, the inner plot or Intention into Structure.

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Six Great Modern Short Novels. No editor listed. New York: Dell Books, 1954

Table of contents marked with order of presentation; m and u, often extensive, for: Joyce, "The Dead"; Melville, "Billy Budd," 6 pp. notes; Gogol, "The Overcoat," 1 p. note; Faulkner, "The Bear," 1 p. note. 2 pp. notes for Introductory Talk on Novel.

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Steinbeck, John. In Dubious Battle. New York: Modern Library, 1939

a; m; u; b; 12 pp. notes: cast and chapter summary, the situation pattern, the characters, individual factors in the pattern. (Notes appear to have been made early.)

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Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Modern Library, Undated

Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York: Modern Library, n.d. a; m; u; b; 14 pp. notes: thematic chapters, treatment, cast, synopsis, major theme and secondary theme, conclude.

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The Story: A Critical Anthology. Mark Schorer, ed. New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1950

a; extensive m and u of James' "The Turn of the Screw," and the three critical comments on the novel­ette which follow; two batches, memo sheet notes.

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Ten Modern Masters. Robert Gorham Davis, ed. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1959

a; table of contents marked; m and u in: Anderson, "Death in the Woods"; Chekov, "The Student," 1 p. note, and "The New Villa," 1 p. note; Faulkner, "The Old People," 1 p. note; Joyce, "The Dead," 2 pp. notes; Lawrence, "The Horse Dealer's Daughter," 3 pp. notes; K. Mansfield, "The Man Without a Temper­ament," 3 pp. notes; Frank O'Connor, "Judas," 1 p. note, and "Uprooted," 2 pp. notes. 1 p. class note; 1 p. "story starters, exploratory." (Used in creative writing classes, U. of Nevada, 1965-69.)

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The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha. E. A. Burtt, ed. New York: New American Library. A Mentor Religious Classic, 1955

a; b; some passages checked, slight u, no m. (Used in course on mysticism in fiction.)

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Warren, Robert Penn. All the King's Men. New York: Modern Library, 1953

Extensive m, u; 44 pp. notes, mainly outlines for class lectures on novel.

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Welty, Eudora. Selected Stories of Eudora Welty. New York: Modern Library, 1954

a; m and u for: "A Memory," 1 p. note; "Old Mr. MarbleHall," 1 p. note; "Death of a Traveling Salesman," 1 p. note; "A Curtain of Green," 1 p. note. 7 pp. notes: note on several of stories not marked, introduction note on "Curtain of Green," suggested paper topics, points for closer consideration.

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The Wisdom of Laotse. Lin Yutang, ed. New York: Modern Library, 1948

a; b; checkmarks on sections to read; 2 newspaper clippings (1 article, 1 cartoon); 2 pp. notes, "Prep. Discussion on Mysticism" for course on mysticism in fiction. (This book of great personal interest to W.V.T.C.; pp. 265-270 used as basis for short story/ moral fable "Chaungtse and the Prince of the Golden Age.")

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Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse. New York: Modern Library, 1937

a; extensive m, u; b; 42 pp. notes: cast, approach to novel, synopsis, treatment, suggested paper topics, comparison Woolf and Joyce, add notes, general notes, last session, notes on examination. (Notes are from at least two different preparations of the novel.)

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James, Henry. The Turn of the Screw. New York: Dell, 1956

General notes (Turn of the Screw and Daisy Miller).

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Gordon, Caroline, and Tate, Allen, eds. The House of Fiction: An Anthology of the Short Story. New York: Scribner. General notes., Undated
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Faulkner, William. Light in August. New York: Modern Library, Extensive marginalia and notes., 1950
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Carpenter, W. W. The Teacher and Secondary School Administration. Ginn. Cartoons by W.V.T.C. inside covers and on end papers., 1931

Series 5: Works of former students, 1955-1970 (6 folders)

Series 5 includes many of the materials of former students, who are identified.

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Deck, John. Greased Samba, and Other Stories. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, ca. 1970. 247 pp. Inscribed by the author
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Sara. Where mist Clothes Dream, and Song Runs Naked. New York: McGraw-Hill, ca. 1955. First edition. 200 pp. Inscribed by the author
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Gaines, Ernest J. Catherine Carmier. New York: Atheneum, 1964. 248 pp. First edition. Inscribed by the author
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Hillman, Richard. Ports and Players. Philadelphia: Dorrance, circa 1966. 185 pp. Inscribed by the author
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Levitin, Sonia. Journey to America. Illustrated by Charles Robinson. New York: Atheneum, 1970. 150 pp. First edition. Inscribed by the author, and a note from the author to Water V. T. Clark laid in
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Carpenter, Don. Hard Rain Falling. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, circa 1966. 308 pp. First edition. Inscribed by the author

Series 6: Memorabilia, 1923-1931; 1969

Series 6 includes various memorabilia and has been divided into two subseries.

Subseries 6.1: Diplomas, Certificates and Awards (13 folder)

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Holy Bible, Red Letter Edition, 1905. Inscribed W.V.T.C. by his father, 1922
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Thoreau, Henry Wild Apples Boston, 1923 (inscribed to "Dad" from W.V.T.C. Christmas, 1923)
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Re-Wa-Ne Reno High School Yearbook, 1923
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Re-Wa-Ne Reno High School Yearbook, 1925
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Re-Wa-Ne Reno High School Yearbook, 1926
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Reno High School diploma, dark blue case with gold lettering, "Reno, Nevada High School Diploma of Graduation," June 15, 1926. Includes "Military Training Certificate" signifying completion of course in Junior Division ROTC from September 5, 1923 to June 4, 1926, pre­sented June 15, 1926, qualifying W.V.T.C. as 2nd Lieutenant in the organized reserves
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University of Nevada, Reno Bachelor of Arts Diploma, May 11, 1931. Includes "Program for Commencement Day" and notification of W.V.T.C.'s election to Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Fraternity, September 23, 1930. Phi Kappa Phi certificate, Undated
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University of Nevada, Reno Master of Arts in English diploma, December 19, 1931
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Colgate University, Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters. Includes rolled scroll on large parchment [removed to MSS Map Case]; typescript of presentation statement by Strang Lawson; and typed and signed statement on official Colgate stationery of the President of the University, June 9, 1958
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University of Nevada, Reno, Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters. Includes commencement program, June 7, 1969
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Honorary Life Membership in the Western Literature Association certificate, approximately 16x13, framed, "Presented at the Fourth Annual Meeting held at Provo, Utah, October 9, 1969."
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Faculty-Staff Directory, University of Nevada, Reno, 1980-1981
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"Silver Quill" award from the Reno Press Club. Wooden plaque (14x10) mounted silver-plated quill and engraved metal plaque with inscription, Undated

Subseries 6.2: Academic Gown (1 Item)

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Academic gown, hood, "W.V.T.C." stitched initials inside, Nevada, Colgate, Doctor of Letters colors, Undated